Bumping this thread way up
I did a Twitter pitch contest called #pitmad and got a request from Carrie Howland for the first 50 pages. It turned into a full, then an offer. I ultimately ended up with 4 offers but went back to Carrie, who I cannot talk more highly of. She is prompt in her responses, whether phone or email, and knows the industry. Though some of her sales aren't on PM, she's made good ones (most recently - a YA Greek mythology to [email protected] H0use for 2015 and one of her adult sales releases in July ). She is very editorial (seriously my edit letter is 5 pages), but she knows what she's doing.
Here's the official stats w/Carrie:
3/28 - #Pitmad req for YA contemp, first 50 pgs.
5/2 - Req for full ms
5/9 - Offer of representation
5/19 Offer accepted.
Well, don't call their office. They have a submissions form. If this link don't work, the issue is likely with your browser, making it a tech question.I have an unusual question.
This agency strikes me as an attractive place to submit, however, when I go to their site my anti-virus software immediately gives me a danger warning.
I've tried calling the D&O office, but there was no answer, only the opportunity to leave a message, which I did not do.
Anyone have any insight about this?
...And is D&O going to be able to make up the money that was stolen? I doubt it. Those authors are probably just screwed.
The agency now has a forensic accountant investigating nearly twenty years of financial records to determine the full extent of the theft, and to begin re-paying the authors unfortunately caught up in the con.
Notice that the money that was stolen was not from the agency itself; it's from the authors. The fact it took seven years for ONE author to notice that something was wrong speaks volumes about the way authors are paid. The incredibly complex way royalties are figured practically guarantees that many authors have no idea if they are being cheated or not. Many are and have no way of knowing. Add to this the idea that there is exactly no oversight over literary agents in New York. No licensing, no standards, nothing. It's the Wild West. Any yahoo with the bucks for a business license can hang out a literary agent shingle. It's harder to be a hairdresser! Some agents don't even supply their clients with copies of the contracts they sign!
This whole incident is a huge black eye for not just D&O but all agencies, and really the entire industry. This calls the entire way that agencies handle their author's money into question. I guarantee that every author with D&O are currently auditing those royalty statements, and probably not a few with other agencies as well. Want to bet a few with other agencies are going to be sitting there going "Hey, wait a minute, this seems wrong..." as well?
And is D&O going to be able to make up the money that was stolen? I doubt it. Those authors are probably just screwed.